SR Nathan The Crane and the Crab Singapore

The Crane and the Crab by SR Nathan (Paperback)

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A long, long time ago in a kampong, there was a pond with plenty of fish.

But the pond soon begins to dry up, and a watchful and greedy crane has an idea: He fools the fish into thinking that he will bring them to a large, sparkling lake. In the meantime, a crab who has been watching the crane has plans of his own…

Illustrated with engaging artwork, former Singapore President SR Nathan’s retelling of this wonderful folktale has a timeless message that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. 

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Reading Level: 4+


"A children’s book by the former president of Singapore? I’m in. Should adults read children’s books? If you don’t mind me saying, I think we should. Because it’s plain fun. With the writer’s sensual words paired up with the illustrator’s refreshing drawings, The Crane and the Crab is a book filled with life lessons. SR Nathan should be applauded. His words carries you through the end.

Anngee Neo’s illustrations are a breath of fresh air. Every kid needs to read this. Personally I think The Crane and the Crab is a great bedtime story. This children’s book is packed with colourful characters. The sly crane, the gullible fishes and my personal favourite, the charismatic hero crab. A book that lives up to every promise, I’m saving this for my future kid."

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